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Tutor Training
All of our volunteer tutors are required to complete a free, three-part training.

June Training:
June Tutor Training will take place at the Morgan Community Room at the High Point Library located at 901 N. Main Street.

Orientation: 6/6, 7-9pm
Session I: 6/8, 5-8pm
Session II: 6/13, 5-8pm

For more information or to register, please  email us or call (336) 230-2223.  
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Upcoming Events

Student & Tutor Celebration
August 16, 6-8pm at 
Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro

Join us for dinner and an awards ceremony as we celebrate the stars of Reading Connections--our students and tutors.

Transportation from High Point Public Library will be provided.

Reading Connections' 2016 SCRABBLE Challenge event will be held this fall. Please check our website, newsletter, and Facebook for more information. We look forward to a fun event!  
Reading Connections NEWSFLASH
May 2016

We hope you are having a wonderful May! Every month we look forward to sharing Reading Connections news and community happenings to keep you in the loop and well connected.
Greensboro Literacy Leadership Breakfast Was A Success

About 200 supporters joined on May 17 to celebrate Reading Connections' 25th Birthday. They heard from Reading Connections students, Community Leader Shirley Frye, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, and Executive Director Jenny Gore about how "Literacy Changes Lives and Transforms Communities."

Coming up is the High Point 25th Literacy Leadership Breakfast. Join us on June 2!. Click here for more information about the event and to register.

Pictured: Greensboro 
Nancy Vaughan
Thank You to Temple Emanuel Volunteers
Thank you to the group of volunteers at Temple Emanuel who helped us prepare for our annual Literacy Leadership breakfasts. As part of their "Mitzvah Day," volunteers organized supplies for our Greensboro and High Point event table captains. They also wrapped the boxes we used as centerpieces for our birthday celebration. We appreciate their hard work and willingness to help make our event a success.

Family Literacy Awarded $10,000 Grant From Dollar General Foundation

We are pleased to announce that The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Reading Connections a $10,000 grant to support our Family Literacy program.  "The money will aid us in our plan to launch several new sites next year and to purchase new curriculum materials for the children in our program," said Family Literacy Program Manager Holly Love. "As a result of this award, we will reach more children and families and deepen the quality of the instruction in our program." 

Reading Connections' Family Literacy Pro gram serves low-literate parents of young children, both ESOL learners and native English speakers. Family Literacy programs take place at Title I schools, as well as other community locations. Typically, programs are located at schools where a l ow percentage  of students are proficient on end-of-grade/end-of-course tests and with high percentages of low-income students and ESOL learners.

For over 20 years the Dollar General Lite racy Foundation has supported programs that help individual s learn to read, prepare for the GED®, and learn English. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that have hel ped more than 7.3 million individuals.

Student Spotlight: Sara Hernandez

Sara Hernandez entered Reading Connections' Family Literacy Program for the first time in the fall of 2013, reporting that prior to Reading Connections she had never attended school. Upon enrolling in the Family Literacy Program this past September, Sara struggled to read and write in English and Spanish but was determined to become a proficient reader. During orientation, Sara scored a 153 on her pre-test, landing her in the Beginning ESL Literacy bracket, which is our lowest scoring bracket that we track for ESOL
test takers. 

In her seven months with the Family Literacy program in September 2015 through April 2016, Sara received group instruction centered on the Motheread® curriculum as well as individualized ESOL instruction. Always smiling, Sara possessed a drive and dedication that allowed her to complete 67.5 of the 80.5 hours offered. When she post-tested in April, Sara's literacy score increased 24 points. Following Sara's participation in the 
F amily Literacy program she reported reading more on her own, reading more to her child, increasing her confidence reading aloud to her child, obtaining a library card and visiting the library more frequently. In addition, Sara also reported becoming more involved with her child's education, attending more of her child's school events, improving her reading a
nd writing skills and increasing her self-confidence. While Sara did not complete a literacy level, the progress that she made while in the Family Literacy program was extraordinary. Sara states that she is interested in continuing to study the English language and steps are currently being taken to get her involved with our Greensboro ESOL program.
Program Manager Roberta Hawthorne Leaves Reading Connections

After nearly five years with Reading Connections, our Program Manager, Roberta Hawthorne, has decided to resign from the agency at the end of this month. Roberta first joined our team as an AmeriCorps member in 2011 when she was looking for an exciting opportunity to learn more about non-profits, community service, and cross-cultural settings, and she sure found it here! She served as an AmeriCorps member for two years in our High Point office before becoming our High Point Student Services Coordinator in 2013. Then, in 2014, she stepped into the Program Manager role to supervise our programs in Greensboro and High Point. Roberta has also been an instructor in our Family Literacy program, in addition to wearing other hats here and there as needed.

"Reading Connections has given me incredible opportunities to learn, grow, and create," Roberta said. "It's with a lot of mixed emotions that I've decided to leave my position here, but I'm sure I'll find ways to stay involved."

Roberta is leaving to pursue a career as a Spanish-English medical interpreter, a goal which she has been working towards for quite some time. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to seeing where her next steps take her.
Tutor Reflection in High Point
We had such great feedback at our Greensboro training that we have planned a Tutor Reflection in High Point. This interactive supplemental training is like no other! It is an open forum for tutors to discuss all things related to tutoring including:
  • Share ideas for improved instruction
  • Learn what other tutors are doing with their students
  • Ask questions
  • Share ideas and lesson plans that have helped your students reach their goals
  • Find new resources for lesson material
The training is led by Tutor Coach Kathy Dunn and open to all tutors--ABE, ESOL, Math, and Detention Center.

Date: Tuesday, June 7 at 10am-12pm

Location: Research Services Classroom on the third floor of the High Point Public Library. The library is located at 901 N. Main Street.

For more information or to RSVP for this training,  email Laura Mims or call (336) 230-2223. We hope to see you there!  

The Importance of Storytelling in Learning: From the Inside-Out

I frequently meet with my students to discuss their goals, their program feedback, and their approaching release dates. We talk through logistics-safe places to stay, places to get food, how to enroll in continuing education, what types of work might be available. Sometimes we delve deeper: What would life be like on the outside? Would family welcome them back? How to cope when they don't. How would they begin to make up for time lost? Some take the uncertainty in stride, focusing on the opportunities freedom would afford them, while others are more apprehensive.

One young man spoke with me about his impending release. He and I talked about the challenges he might face on the outside, about the seemingly endless list of stumbling blocks that could prevent him from finding a job and a safe place to stay. We discussed challenges associated with reconnecting with family and strategies to avoid stepping back through that revolving door of recidivism. He is eager to step into his new identity as a free man, and said, "If people knew who I was, they would want something different for me."

I am often struck by the power and potency of my students' stories, and reminded of a quote from a favorite childhood author, Madeline L'Engle: "Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving."

I view my role with Reading Connections as both a coordinator role and a leadership role, accessing opportunities to move more people to act by sharing the experiences of our detention center students more broadly. Storytelling is an emotional act as well as an intellectual one, and it may be the culmination of many months or many years of thinking about sharing one's story with another. Storytelling appeals to both sides of our character, giving us a lens through which we can understand the need for and the impact of real action.

I am inspired by our students' educational perseverance and I take sincere pride in aiding to change public perceptions of incarcerated individuals by providing a window into the lives of people at the detention center.

Tiffany Kallan
Detention Center Program Coordinator

Our mission is to provide and advocate for free, individualized adult literacy services to promote life changes for Guilford County residents and surrounding communities.  We always welcome your questions and feedback. Please don't hesitate to contact us to hear more about how our programs are making a difference in our community.

Jennifer Gore, Executive Director
Reading Connections, Inc.
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or contact us at one of our offices:

In Greensboro
122 N. Elm Street, Suite 920
Greensboro, NC 27401
FAX 336-230-2203

In High Point
901 N. Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
FAX 336-883-3636